Sep 11, 2011 1:52 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

9/11 family members add personal tributes to the reading of names

NEW YORK (AP) - Family members who've been reading the names of loved ones who died on 9/11 during today's ceremony at the World Trade Center site have been adding personal memories and tributes.

Nicholas Gorki, whose mother was still pregnant with him on that day, read the name of his father and said, "You gave me the gift of life and I wish you could be here to enjoy having it with me."

Patricia Smith was 2 years old when her mother, police officer Moira Smith, died helping survivors flee the World Trade Center.

She said, "Mom, I'm proud to be your daughter, you will always be a hero and the pride of New York City."

The daughter of Matthew Picerno, who died at the trade center, said, "I have your smile, your eyes, and your laugh, but I just don't have you."

And a woman whose brother was among the passengers on United Flight 93 thanked the man who was a leader of the group that rose up against the hijackers on that plane, ensuring that it didn't reach its target in Washington.

Eileen Baynes said, "Thank you for your courage, Todd M. Beemer. Let's roll."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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